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Zu: Warriors from
the Magic Mountain
Chinese: 蜀山 - 新蜀山劍俠
Adam Cheng and Brigitte Lin
Year: 1983
Director: Tsui Hark
Action: Corey Yuen Kwai
Cast: Yuen Biao, Adam Cheng Siu-Chow, Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia, Damian Lau Chung-Yun, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, Randy Man, Judy Ong, Moon Lee Choi-Fung, Tsui Siu-Keung, Mang Hoi, Dick Wei, Chung Fat, Fung Hak-On, Tsui Hark (cameo)
The Skinny: Dated fantasy epic that still packs a punch even today. Required viewing for Hong Kong Cinema fanatics, and we mean it. There'll be a test later.
 
Review
by Kozo:

This sci-fi wuxia from Tsui Hark is a visually stunning, turbo-charged fantasy film and a justifiable classic in the pantheon of HK Cinema. Adapted from Lee Sau-Manís mammoth martial arts novel, the film manages to squeeze 50 volumes into a hyperactive 110 minutes.

Yuen Biao is Ti Ming-Chi, a random warrior caught in the pointless battles between warring Chinese clans. Somehow he finds himself allied with his reluctant sifu, Ting-Yin (Adam Cheng), as they undertake a quest to seek out legendary twin swords which are the only weapons that can possibly stop the arrival of an all-consuming evil. 

Aiding our heroes are a number of familiar faces: Damian Lau and Mang Hoi play a pair of warrior monks, and Sammo Hung is Long Brow, who entreats Ti Ming-Chi to seek the twin swords. A young Brigitte Lin plays the mistress of the Jade Pool Fairy Fortress, where Tsui Hark stages some of the most amazing action sequences in cinema history. Sure, the effects look cheap, but they work in the same way that Ray Harryhausenís do.

Tsui Hark also manages to lace the film with thinly-veiled political references, which is par for the course as far as Tsui Hark is concerned. Zu is dated by todayís standards, but itís solidly entertaining and required viewing for anyone who cares for HK flicks. (Kozo 1996)

 
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 3 NTSC
Kam & Ronson
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandrain Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 6.1 / DTS
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
*Also Available on Blu-ray Disc
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